26 Jan

CSC eliminates the use of posters

first_imgAcross campus — on bulletin boards in dining halls, the library and O’Shaughnessy Hall — one poster read: “The Last Poster (from the Center for Social Concerns)”.James Shortall, director of communications and advancement for the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) said the organization will no longer be distributing its information for programs and applications by means of posters or any other paper-related source.Shortall said this decision was based on the papal encyclical “Laudato Si,” which was published by Pope Francis on May 24, 2015. The encyclical says that the poor are disproportionately affected by climate change, especially in developing countries whose natural resources often drive the economies of more developed countries.Shortall said after reading the encyclical, members of the CSC began to consider how its material consumption impacted the environment.“Because there’s so much in that document about how we have gotten into the predicament we’re in with regard to the environment and who it affects, we started talking about what we do here at the [CSC] that might not be great for the environment and how we could start to steward our resources better and undergo what that document calls an ‘ecological conversion’ and care for our common home together,” Shortall said.He said for the past two years the organization has looked closely at reducing paper usage in particular.“We produce 50 to 60,000 pages of paper every year in posters and booklets, and given that most folks learn about us through digital means these days, we felt that didn’t make sense,” Shortall said.He said when considering the effects of going paperless, the CSC conducted three surveys, polling students on how they found out about the courses, programs, applications and events they offer. Eighty-five percent of respondents said they found out about programming through digital means, he said. They decided to make the switch to not using paper last year and have since been building up their digital media platforms to reach a wider audience, he added.“We have an electronic newsletter that we send out every week to more than 3,000 people,” he said. “We have digital displays in the building that we just installed this summer, and those will show the 1,500 visitors to the building every week what we’re doing, and they also will let us exchange our images with other buildings that have digital displays. We have an enhanced website and four social media platforms, a podcast and extensive video capability.”Shortall said the environmental benefits of this switch extend beyond saving paper. Considering there are some materials in printers that cause harm to the environment, there is no way of guaranteeing that all the posters and pamphlets the CSC produces are recycled. The process of recycling can also produce additional pollutants.He added that he hopes the change will set an example for other organizations looking to be more environmentally conscientious.“The impact we’d like to have has more to do with being seen as and being a leader on campus with regard for environmental issues. Given our mission we think it’s appropriate that we be early adopters of this kind of thing,” Shortall said. “We’d love to see other units go paperless, too.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, sustainabilitylast_img read more

26 Jan

Junior Parents Weekend chairs reflect on event planning

first_imgObserver File Photo Students and parents enjoy brunch on the Sunday morning of last year’s Junior Parents Weekend (JPW). JPW offers parents an insight into their children’s lives at Notre Dame over a weekend in February. The 2020 iteration will take place this weekend.Events begin Friday night and continue almost nonstop until Sunday morning. Although no event is required, they all bring something unique to the weekend. Notably, there is an Opening Gala on Friday night, academic open houses, Mass and a President’s Dinner on Saturday and a Sunday Brunch. Each event is planned by one of the JPW chair members.“Going through the whole process is challenging, but very rewarding,” junior Devon Ngo, College of Engineering chair, said. “Seeing it all come together is humbling in a way, because you begin to see how much work it takes to run an event smoothly that, as an attendee, you don’t really get to see.”While the weekend does not change much year-to-year, Ngo tried to bring something new to the College of Engineering Open House.“One of the things that I’m doing this year is making it feel a little more personal,” he said. “I’m having a slideshow with engineering pictures. The one thing that our junior chemical engineering class has kind of developed over the past two and a half years is this really close connection with one another. It’s so rewarding to see and be able to display that to the parents.”Junior Shantae Harris, Gala Chair, said she was also excited to be a part of the process, especially because she was responsible for picking out every detail of the gala.“I get to be a part of the process, but also all the fun things that are associated with it, like planning the events, picking the menus, figuring out who’s going to be the homilist,” Harris said. “I feel like the gala was the best for me. I love finger foods, and I love cooking, so I had all these ideas for it.”While most of the events involve mingling, like the academic open houses and the gala, the President’s Dinner is unique in that it facilitates conversation, junior and dinner chair Beverley Watson said. The dinner is also the only time that University President Fr. John Jenkins directly addresses students and their parents.“Dinner is the time to sit down and really get to know people. You have this sit-down environment where you can have a nice conversation with people, and the Glee Club will perform right beforehand,” she said. “I feel like a meal is always a great way to experience the people you’re surrounding yourself with, and I’m so excited to help make that happen.”Although there are many details involved in JPW, they all come together to give parents the big picture of what their child’s Notre Dame experience has been like so far. But, Reddy said, JPW is not just a time for parents; the students should also take the opportunity to look back on all that they have accomplished in their two and a half years at the University.“I hope students enjoy looking back on their growth since freshman year, cherishing all of the relationships they’ve cultivated, and celebrating with their parents all of the work they’ve done,” she said. “I also hope they get the unique chance to introduce their family to the larger Notre Dame family they’ve created for themselves since freshman year.”Tags: Junior Parents Weekend, parents, University President Fr. John Jenkins This weekend, hundreds of parents will stream onto campus — not to see a football game, but to immerse themselves in the community and to discover the reality of their children’s daily lives at Notre Dame.Ever since its beginnings in 1953, Junior Parents Weekend (JPW) has been an opportunity for juniors to show their parents the lives they have built for themselves, the friendships they have forged and all of their achievements, junior Sara Rani Reddy, JPW co-chair, said in an email.last_img read more

18 Jan

Phantom’s Jeremy Hays on How Shakespeare Transformed Him From Shy Stutterer to Broadway Star

first_img Related Shows Star Files Jeremy Landon Hays Age & Hometown: 32; Henrietta, OK View Comments Coast to Coast: After earning his degree in musical theater from Oklahoma City University, Hays and his buddies took a road trip to the Big Apple. “I don’t know why we drove; it was miserable,” he says with a laugh. “What a stupid idea.” But the actor fell in love with the city and became an official resident when he nabbed an ensemble role in Les Miserables, later playing Enjolras on the 25th anniversary tour. He even got to sing “One Day More” on the Oscars with the film’s cast. “There were no egos. We were all there because we loved and believed in the show,” Hays says. “That’s all the way from the little people in the back, like me, to Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. It was an amazing experience.” Current Role: A passionate star turn as Christine’s faithful beau Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Shakespeare to the Rescue: Growing up in an “idyllic, Mayberry small town” 45 minutes south of Tulsa, Hays had to create his own fun. “I played baseball on a makeshift diamond in the middle of a cow pasture,” he remembers. After a shoulder injury put baseball on the back burner, he reluctantly tried out for a high school production of Much Ado About Nothing on the recommendation of his drama teacher. When he got the part of Leonato, he was terrified. “I stutter, and I was scared to death—I actually have to speak onstage? But my teacher pulled me aside and said, ‘We are going to fix this.’” Performing gave Hays a new confidence, and his stutter dramatically improved. “It might sound corny, but Shakespeare completely changed my life,” he says. from $29.00 The Phantom of the Opera All I Ask Of You: Hays describes his whirlwind debut as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera as an “out-of-body experience.” After two weeks of rehearsal, the actor faced 18 friends and family members on his very first night. “They couldn’t wait and give me a month to figure it out,” he jokes. He has been welcomed into the fold by co-stars Hugh Panaro and Mary Michael Patterson, and he’s impressed by the cast’s ability to stay positive and energized in Broadway’s longest running hit. “Everyone is eager to do the show every night, and it’s so inspiring to see that,” he says. Four months later, Hays admits he sometimes still has to pinch himself. “Having had spouts of unemployment for up to 18 months, I wake up and think, ‘It’s OK, I have a job tonight,’” he says. “It’s truly a dream come true.”last_img read more

20 Dec

Foreign Ministers Meet To Restore Colombia-Ecuador Relations

first_imgBy Dialogo August 30, 2010 Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin and her Ecuadorean counterpart Ricardo Patiño met in a location on the border between the two countries on August 26. Aimed at restoring the diplomatic relations between the countries, broken since March 2008, the topics of discussion included border security, and the infrastructure’s development of energy and communications, reported Xinhua. But Colombian Ambassador to Quito Ricardo Montenegro told the media that the Foreign Ministers would also drive cultural agreements forward. He added that Colombian Culture Minister Mariana Garces would propose turning custom houses into centers of bi-national culture, said the same report. Within the topic of infrastructure, the Foreign Ministers planned to discuss the possibility of developing hydroelectric plants in areas surrounding the Chiles Volcano, located in the Carchi province of Ecuador, said Xinhua. The neighboring South American countries broke off relations after tensions between former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa heightened in 2008. In 2009, the relations were restored only at a business level. After newly-inaugurated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos took office, he had a meeting with Correa on August 7 to discuss the full restoration of their ties.last_img read more

19 Dec

January 15, 2004 Notices

first_imgJanuary 15, 2004 Notices January 15, 2004 Regular News On November 21, 2003, James V. Benincasa, Jr., whose last known address was in Vero Beach, was suspended from the practice of law in the state of Ohio for an interim period, with the matter referred to the disciplinary counsel for investigation and commencement of disciplinary proceedings.See the Supreme Court’s entry in In re Benincasa, 100 Ohio St.3d 1494, 2003-Ohio-6184, www. sconet. state, oh. us/ROD/documents, for additional information. Continuing its practice of public involvement, The Florida Bar is seeking a new member of the public to serve on its governing board.The board member will replace Vivian L. Hobbs, Ph.D., of Tallahassee, whose second two-year term expires June 2004.Since 1987, two public members have served on the Bar’s 52-member governing board, after the Supreme Court of Florida approved the organization’s request to have nonlawyer representation on the board. Only seven other state bar associations — Alaska, Arizona, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin — and the District of Columbia have public members on their governing boards.A screening committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors has been appointed to review the applications for the public member position, conduct final interviews, and make recommendations to the Bar’s governing board during its April meeting in Pensacola. The board will then recommend three persons to the Supreme Court of Florida and the court will appoint one of the three nominees to the board. The Board of Governors oversees the Bar’s lawyer discipline program, continuing legal education programs, legislative activities, and the overall administration of The Florida Bar.In addition to the two public members on the Board of Governors, one-third of all members of the 81 local grievance committees which hear complaints against attorneys are nonlawyers, as are one-third of the members of the 32 committees which oversee the Bar’s unlicensed practice of law investigations. These committees report to the Board of Governors, which in turn reports to the Supreme Court of Florida.Board members average 200-300 hours per year on Bar business depending on committee assignments. Although attorney members of the Bar’s governing board pay all expenses related to their attendance at six board meetings and other events held each year, nonlawyer board members are reimbursed for “reasonable travel and related expenses for attending official Bar functions.”The new board member will serve a two-year term commencing June 25. Public members are not allowed by rule to serve more than two consecutive terms. Most of the Bar’s board is apportioned according to Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, with attorney members elected by lawyers in their locality. There are four additional out-of-state representations. The other public member currently serving on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors is Solomon L. Badger III, Ed.D., of Jacksonville.Persons interested in serving as a public member may obtain the application form from the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org or call The Florida Bar at (850)561-5600, ext. 5757, to request an application to be mailed. Completed applications should be mailed to 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300. The deadline for submission of completed applications is January 30, 2004.Foundation seeks board applicants Seven positions on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors will be filled this year under the Foundation’s governance plan which provides for 18 out of the 29-member Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Supreme Court, The Florida Bar, and the directors of the Bar Foundation.The six at-large seats to be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1 are currently held by: Adele I. Stone, Hollywood, and Philip Bruce Culpepper, Tallahassee, (Florida Supreme Court appointees), Patrick J. Casey, West Palm Beach, and Bruce B. Blackwell, Orlando, (Florida Bar appointees), John A. Noland, Ft. Myers, and John W. Thornton, Jr., Miami, (Foundation appointees). Casey, Thornton, Blackwell and Culpepper are not eligible for an additional term. Applicants for the at-large positions who are members of the Bar also must be members of the Foundation. Foundation members include annual contributors, Fellows, and IOTA participants.The seventh board seat to be filled is for a public member currently held by Georgina A. Angones, Coral Gables, who is not eligible for an additional term. The public member position will be filled by a joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee.The Foundation’s principal activity is to set policy and oversee operation of the IOTA program. The court established the IOTA program to fund legal aid for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students. The Foundation board also oversees the fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court, Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seat) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801-3440, or downloaded from www.flabarfndn.org under the Governance section.Completed applications must be received by the Foundation by February 14.The Florida Bar Foundation embraces the concept of diversity. “A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live,” according to the Foundation. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service.Applicants will be advised in writing of action taken by the selecting authorities.Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on December 5, 2003, the Board of Governors approved the following position of The Florida Bar:9. Supports increasing the criminal penalty for the unlicensed practice of law within §454.23, Florida Statutes, from a first degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony.Tauler petitions for Bar reinstatementcenter_img Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Philip W. Dann, St. Petersburg, has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for Bar reinstatement.Dann was suspended from the practice of law for 91 days by an order of the Supreme Court dated April 22, 2002, for multiple acts of misconduct relating to his representation of an elderly client with diminished mental capacity. The suspension was served beginning May 22, 2002.Anyone wanting to comment on Dann’s petition for reinstatement is requested to contact Jodi Anderson, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607-5958, telephone (800) 940-4759.Ohio Supreme Court suspends Benincasa Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, James Terrell Joiner has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for Bar reinstatement.Pursuant to an order from the Supreme Court, Jonier was suspended from practice of law for two years, effective November 19, 2001, for various trust account violations and for failing to properly supervise his nonlawyer staff.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Joiner’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Kenneth H. P. Bryk, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 1200 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 32804-6314, telephone (407) 425-5424.Dann petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Elena C. Tauler has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Tauler was suspended for three years nunc pro tunc December 9, 1998, pursuant to a November 22, 2000, court order as a result of the misappropriation of client funds.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Tauler’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Randolph M Brombacher, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Joiner petitions for Bar reinstatement Public member applications soughtlast_img read more

18 Dec

That cyber look

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Steve FochlerYou know what I’m talking about don’t you? It’s when someone mentions Cyber Security and our faces get that blank stare look. This is then followed by a rush of fear that our financial institution is not secure. Don’t worry. It happens to all of us, even the technologically enabled (okay geeks) when we start talking about how policy and procedure is just as important as the flashing green lights on the firewall in the computer room.Take a deep breath and exhale. This seems to work for me and hopefully it will work for you as well. Are you ready? Let’s talk about Cyber Security. Cyber Security is indeed a critical matter. But let’s call it what it is; another form of security. And our financial institution clients certainly understand security. It’s a part of their everyday life. Cyber Security is a little different in that it includes technical security in addition to physical security.When we think of Cyber Security, we typically talk about internet security, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and network monitoring systems which are critical to protect the perimeter of our networks. In addition, many of us outsource transaction processing to cloud based vendors. These vendors must prove to us they have these same technologies in place and manage them appropriately. Enter vendor risk management as a component of your cyber security program. continue reading »last_img read more

18 Dec

CU social media status: Success, failures, and tons of practical advice with Filene … (pt.2)

first_imgHow do everybody! Fresh back from the CSCU Conference in Florida last week, where there was some mind-blowing discussions on the latest in payments, security, EMV, etc. Check this out: How about ordering and paying for a burrito supreme from your car at Taco Bell via low energy Bluetooth? Well, it’s gonna be here quicker than your eyes watering from that extra hot sauce you requested. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

18 Dec

Building a diverse workforce from the STEM up

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Uber’s recent mishaps have shined an uncomfortable but very necessary light on the male-dominated “bro-grammer” culture at many Silicon Valley tech firms.Now in full-on damage control mode, the ride hailing service has opted for transparency, releasing diversity reports that reveal a workforce composition basically on par with its Silicon Valley brethren.As usual, however, the real takeaways reside a few layers below the headlines—and they point to issues that extend well beyond Uber or Silicon Valley.Uber’s 36% ratio of female employees company-wide compares favorably to Google’s 31%. Isolating tech jobs, however, the share of women drops to 15%—lower than the high-teen percentages found at other Silicon Valley bellwethers.Even those troubling figures are likely generous. There’s no set definition of a “tech job,” and I suspect these firms stretch the criteria as wide as they can. (It’s worth noting the stats exclude drivers, which Uber emphatically categorizes as independent contractors.) continue reading »last_img read more

18 Nov

How to develop a tourist destination through events?

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Pula, in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Fažana, the Tourist Board of Ližnjan and the Tourist Board of Medulin, has been organizing three excellent quality and, most importantly, authentic tourist facilities for the 13th year in a row. The first is the summer fair of Istrian souvenirs, gastronomic and gourmet products – Istra Mix, the second is Istra Gourmet – a fair of typical Istrian gourmet products and the Fair of Istrian souvenirs where items are made directly in front of tourists.I know I believe you expected these to be examples of mega big events, but precisely because we all look megalomaniacal, many have lost the “compass” and the essence of the whole story.The motive for coming, especially outside the peak season, is the destination, ie the diverse, high-quality and authentic content of the tourist destination. Not every event should or should be large, those “medium and small” events are extremely important and crucial. They give rhythm and soul to the destination.One big event lasts a couple of days, and such facilities last all year round. The right mix of diverse, quality and authentic content, whether large or small, makes a winning formula for the successful development of tourism.But let’s go in order…ISTRIAN SOUVENIR FAIR For the 13th year in a row, the Pula Tourist Board has been organizing the Istrian hand made summer fair of Istrian souvenirs. At the Summer Fair of Craftsmen every week from 15.6.-15.9. artisans will exhibit, sell and produce souvenirs and handicrafts; Mondays and Tuesdays in Pula. The working hours of the fair are from 15.6-31.8. from 20-23, and from 1.9.-15.9. from 19-22 hours.The interesting thing about this event is that some items are made directly in front of tourists. All exhibitors have T-shirts and bags with the Istrian hand made logo to make the event recognizable. The goals of the event are: to enrich the tourist offer of the city and provide tourists with the opportunity to buy handicrafts and indigenous souvenirs.2018 craftsmen will participate in the Istrian hand made fair in 11:Craft ANDARTE-GLASS, Mrs. Morena Andačić, Pula – decorative and useful glass objectsGlass blowing trade LANCIN, Mr. Marko Celija, Pula – making glass objectsHome craft Kolić Gordana, Pula – objects made of modeled wireHome craft Boris Glišić, Pula – Istrian motifs in stoneHome craft Nadija Radola, Pula – Istrian motifs in stonePTO Vetro Miani, Alen Miani, Umag – unique Murano jewelryOPG Pekica Aleksandra, Svetvincenat – lavender productsDomestic handicrafts Milan Vitasović, Marčana – traditional Istrian instruments, sprts, basketsOPG Predan Branko, Vodnjan – production of soaps, creams and lip balms from medicinal herbsHomemade handicraft Happy horses, Pula – leather products and souvenirsHome craft Eda Mirković, Vodnjan – decoupage box and box with Istrian motifsISTRIA GOURMETIstra Gourmet is the event that is being held for the 10th time this year. , organized by TZO Medulin. It is a fair of typical Istrian gourmet products, products for which Istria has become famous and recognizable – such as prosciutto, olive oil, truffles, wines, brandies, cheeses, honey, homemade cakes (candies, amaretti, ..), homemade jams .The fair is held from 15.06.-15.09., On Mondays in Premantura (placa), on Tuesdays in Medulin (waterfront) in the evening, from 15.06—31.08. from 20-23 h, and from 01.09.-15.09. from 19-22 h. This year it starts on Monday 18.06. with Premantura, and ends on 11.09. in Medulin. The special feature of the fair is that the products can be tasted and presented and sold by the producers themselves (small family farms) from the area of ​​southern Istria. We want to bring domestic products and producers closer to our guests so that they take something typical Istrian to their homes instead of classic souvenirs, especially since one general trend in the world is turning to indigenous versus globalization. In addition, visitors in conversation with manufacturers can get additional information about how which product is produced, etc., which gives it extra charm.A total of 11 exhibitors are participating in the Istra Gourmet event, and the exhibitors are:Craft Kod Milana – prosciutto, ombolo and other meat specialtiesKalavojna doo – wines and brandiesOPG Fiore, OPG Tanger, OPG Crnobori – olive oilOPG Štoković, OPG Bulić – medcraft Vesna Loborika, OPG Jukopila – cheeses and other dairy productscraft Franco – marmaladeVR CHOCO ART – Istrian chocolate collectionISTRIA MIX Istra mix, ie the Fair of Istrian gourmet products and souvenirs – Istrian hand made and Istra gourmet, will also be held from 15.06. to 15.09. for the 8th year in a row in Fažana and the 4th year from 12.7. to 30.8. in Ližnjan.In Fažana, where the event will take place on Wednesday, in addition to the producers of souvenirs (listed on the list of Istrian hand made), the following producers of gourmet products are participating:TRGOVAČKI OBRT KOD MILANA, prosciutto, ombolo, sausagesOBRT VESNA LOBORIKA, cheeseOBRT FRANKO HRELJA, fig, marmaladecraft VR CHOCO ART, chocolate productsKALAVOJNA, doo, wines and sparkling winesAGROUDRUGA FAŽANA, olive oilOPG BULIĆ, medThe atmosphere will be complemented by folklore performed by KUD Kanfanar.20 exhibitors will take part in the Istra mix in Ližnjan, which will be held every Thursday from 23 pm to 8 pm on a green area in front of the Municipality.OPG Komparić, Marko Komparić – fig productsOPG Ivetac – olive oilMosca Bonsai – decorative items, souvenirs and jewelryPlacenta trade – frituleSvjetlana – decorative items and jewelryOlujić – independent artistHomemade Zgrablić Suzana – scented candles, lavender soapsHomemade Happy Horses – leather products and souvenirs Could this tourist story be better?Kudos to the Tourist Boards of Pula, Medulin and Fažana, that is what our tourism lacks. This is the foundation of a tourist destination development – respect yourself and you will respect others.Tourists want to get to know, feel, taste indigenous local products, even if you tell them a story that’s it – the essence of tourism. This must be the foundation of tourism of all tourist destinations, and the rest is an upgrade. The Germans don’t want to try German sausages, but our homemade ones. And if they like it, they will buy it and take it home where, in the company of their friends, they will spread the story of a great vacation and taste our home-made and indigenous sausage. Sausage is just a metaphor, we have to sell ourselves, our culture, gastronomy, history and identity. This is what tourists want to experience. This tourist story is so simple, and yet so ingenious. It should be the standard story of each of our tourist destinations.Also, not all events have to be megalomaniacal that attract tens or hundreds of thousands of visitors. In fact, it is the medium and small events that give the rhythm and soul of the city, have special charms, and participate in the final quality and impression of the destination. We must finally understand that tourism is not the sun and the sea, and that our greatest advantage is precisely this diversity through history, gastronomy, music, culture, customs and everything else. We have thousands of different indigenous stories, we just have to be who we are and tell those stories.Also, one should put oneself in the role of a guest. What can I do in the destination, what can I experience, what can we impress them with? What story might be interesting to them? These are questions we need to ask ourselves. The sun and the sea are great, but that’s not enough. The focus is on content, content and only quality and authentic content.Let us be what we are because tourists want to see, experience and taste just that. We do not need a new big idea of ​​our tourism, but finally we have to be and sell what we are – Istrians, Dalmatians, Slavonians, Međimurje, Zagorje, Ličani…. Croats. Let’s be what we are – indigenous, authentic and credible! That is the story we have to tellTourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. Tell stories, our storieslast_img read more

18 Nov

Valamar has launched an innovative online store service – Valfresco Direkt

first_imgValfresco Direkt is an online store that offers in one place the products of family farms, winemakers, olive growers and many other domestic producers with a long tradition in the production of healthy and quality food. Crucially, ValFresco Direkt offers partners year-round and continuous product placement, all-inclusive logistics and the ability to pick up products on the doorstep, as well as packaging and processing of products for the end consumer.  Valfresco Direkt services will also be available for guests in Valamar’s camps with the prospect of further expansion to other Valamar destinations. For Valfresco Direkt, Valamar has contracted cooperation with about two hundred selected family farms and local producers, so we offer top products from Istria, Slavonia and Dalmatia with the aim of expanding cooperation to partners from all parts of Croatia to support the development of local economy and domestic production. .    As part of the preparations for the restart of business, Valamar Riviera, the largest Croatian tourist company, in the past 60 days has designed and developed a new online store service called Valfresco Direkt, which is active since June 8 for Istria.  Cooperation with over 200 family farms from Istria, Slavonia and Dalmatia All interested family farms and small producers can get more information about the project and the conditions of cooperation HERElast_img read more